Bay City hosts Rochester Hills • Carroll Park, Bay City, Michigan – August 2, 2014
Bay City 29, Rochester Hills 11
The beauty that is historic Carroll Park was on full display as the Independents sought to take to the field against the Grangers of Rochester Hills in their second match game of base ball for this season. Bay City was fortunate enough to come away with a victory in a ninth innings come from behind effort at Van Hoosen Farm, home of the Grangers on July 20th. Now, Bay City sought to do something they have only done but once before in ten seasons, and that was to sweep the series with the Grangers.
The match was officiated by Judge Gerken, and he presided over the coin toss to determine the order of striking, which Bay City won(ensuing confusion over this fact made the ceremony fairly awkward. I blame the Bay City captain in this instance.), and Bay City chose to defer to the Grangers. The Grangers took little time to put an ace in the books, as Moonlight Otlewski made his second on a fine smash to the long field, and thanks to three successive safeties by Straub, LaFrance, and Prasatek, Otlewski would tally.
Bay City would double the Granger output in their firsts. Tanner LeRoux, the fine Bay City short stop, would make his first on a daisy cutter to third sack. LeRoux would make his second after Alan “The Kid” Garcia put a liner into the right center garden. LeRoux would move up one base after Jeff “Silverback” Rahl hit a tremendous sky ball that was bottled by the Grangers center fields man, Keith “Boomer” Walters. LeRoux would then scamper home with Bay City’s first run on a muff by the catcher, that allowed Garcia to move to second. Garcia was then moved over to third when Jason “Logger” Leppek drove a daisy cutter to the right side of the infield that was handled by the first base man, Slappy Prasatek, for the second hand lost in the innings. Tom “Cat” LeRoux would then drive Garcia to tally the second, and final run of the innings for the Bay Citys with a neatly placed ball that ventured beyond the grasp of the short stop, and found some green in the long field. The next hand would be lost and the innings complete with Bay City in the lead at 2-1.
The Grangers would, in true Granger fashion, take control of the contest for the next inning and a half. Station to station striking, and fine defense had them tally four aces in the second innings. They then whitewashed Bay City in their second, and then the Rochesters went on to add two more runs in their third to take 7-2 lead in the contest.
After being bludgeoned and blanked for the past innings, the Independents showed what character they possessed by picking up their lumber, punishing the pill, and then racing around the pillows. Tanner LeRoux began the innings by making his first, and then moved to third when Kid Garcia drove a howitzer into the gap in right and center field, that allowed him to make his second. This was Garcia’s second safety in the match, but it also set off an anything you can do, I can do better, contest with Jeff “Silverback” Rahl, that would continue for the entirety of the contest. Rahl would match Garcia’s strike with a similar blast that put him at second, and tallied LeRoux and Garcia. The comeback was now in full stride, as Jason “Logger” Leppek stepped to the stripe and topped both Garcia and Rahl mashing the apple into the flora and fauna in right field. Logger would make his third and bring Rahl home for the innings third run. Leppek’s stop at third was brief as he would tally after Cat LeRoux made his second on a drive into the left field garden. LeRoux would then score the tying run, and the Bay Citys fifth for the innings, thanks to a safety from the bat of Butterfly Becerril.
After catching the up with the Grangers, the next step was to surpass them, and that was exactly what the Independents did by whitewashing the Rochesters for the next three innings. While the Grangers were stuck like a wagon with a bad wheel, the Bay Citys began to take the lead. The rally began with Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold, the Bay City second sacker, making his first on a drive into the trees in left field, and then continued with five consecutive garden grabbing efforts that plated three aces. Then Jeff “Silverback” Rahl strode to the plate for the third time in the match, and dwarfed his previous effort by walloping the onion into the right, center garden where it bounded beyond the confines and into the pond. Rahl would empty the previously packed pillows, and make his home run. The Bay Citys would tally their eighth and final run after Butterfly Becerril drove a howitzer into the long field, made his second, and then tallied on another base maker from the bat of Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry.
Bay City would add two more runs in the fifth when Jeff “Silverback” Rahl crushed another herculean howitzer that found the previously fouled flora in the right field, and made his third driving home Kid Garcia and Adam “Ca-Ca-Nuts” Johnson.
In the sixth Bay City would find their form again tallying thanks to doubles by Tom “Cat” LeRoux, and Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold.
Now down 18-7, the Grangers would find their striking form again as Mr. Rosonke and Mr. Mallman plated two aces for the Rochesters in their seventh innings. Knowing the Grangers propensity for big innings, the Bay Citys couldn’t feel safe leading only by nine runs, and so they didn’t reign in their thoroughbreds, and continued striking. The pill punishing began this time with Matt Barrell Roller Barnard driving the ball down the left field line for his third of what would be four hits in the contest. The striking wouldn’t stop until the Independents had sent 14 strikers to the mark, and plated nine more runs. Facts of note would be that Kid Garcia blasted another howitzer to make his third , and Silverback Rahl would make his first. Rahl’s feat was one of great interest, as it meant that he had made his first, his second, his third, and a home run all in one contest. No doubt a rare occurrence such as this will one day be a celebrated event.
The Grangers and Independents would each tally twice for the remainder of the contest bringing the match to a close with the final tally of Bay City 29, and Rochester Hills 11. The Bay Citys would sing the praises of the Grangers, as they were role models of sorts for the Independents when they began play some ten seasons ago, and of course the Grangers would simply sing finishing the day’s efforts with a melodic rendition of their signature tune, “For the Love of the Game.” Both clubs look forward to the next time that the find each other in the field, for their is always fun, and good sport in each familiar meeting.